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IBM poised to cut 26% of staff

The technology sector appears to be playing a major game of musical chairs with employees, as the past week saw news of massive layoffs in some corners, and massive hiring in others. The biggest news comes from IBM, which is apparently getting ready to lay off 26 percent of its workforce.

Facebook open-sources its machine learning

Even a hard-nosed proprietary software maker like Facebook understands and embraces the value of scientists sharing tools and methods, even while protecting specific uses and projects. Facebook's most recent sharing foray is in open sourcing its deep-learning modules for Torch.

CEOs and lower-level managers flip positions on big data

A new survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Teradata finds a huge gap in how CEOs and other executives see big data. They found that it is CEOs who now wear the rose-colored glasses. Other executives, especially lower-level managers, have a bleaker view. 

Facebook eyes business collaboration with Facebook at Work

Facebook unveils Facebook at Work, and envisions its adoption by businesses as a collaboration platform.

News Scan: Facebook at Work debuts as pilot; Videoconferencing gets personal; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Facebook at Work's pilot debut today, videoconferencing shift toward software-based systems and personal devices, decline of mobile broadband modem shipments, Internet of Things transformative power and the $9 billion revenue value in mobile entertainment.

News Scan: M2M adopters turn to data analytics; Reddo gets $4.25M to make Windows apps mobile; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, Jan. 7, including M2M adopters using analytics to handle huge amounts of data, Reddo getting $4.25 million to make desktop Windows app mobile, Facebook buying voice-recognition startup Wit.ai, Apple gaining smartphone market share at the expense of Samsung and Kellogg's, Walgreens and Microsoft's part in mHealth.

News Scan: Facebook unveils mobile search engine; Walgreens launches mobile medical advice; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Tuesday, Dec. 9, including Facebook bringing its search engine to mobile devices, Walgreens launching mobile app for constant medical advice, smartphone shipments surging 6.1 percent in Western Europe, conservative banks making foray into mobile payments and enterprises showing increased interest in mobile enterprise apps.

Why some organizations are replacing their stock PHP interpreters with Facebook's speedier version

WordPress hosting site WP Engine has discovered that the HipHip Virtual Machine executes PHP commands some 5.6 times faster than a standard PHP interpreter. And Box says it saw the average request latency dropped by a factor of three when it switched to HHVM.

News Scan: Newly discovered malware proves especially crafty; Apple Pay makes an impressive debut: more;

The top news stories for Nov. 24, 2014.

Spotlight: WhatsApp adds encryption feature for Android users

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service acquired by Facebook for $22 billion, has added end-to-end encryption for some mobile users, reports Threatpost.